A neighbor who sustained serious burns in connection with the murder of four residents of a small Nebraska town has been arrested.
The Nebraska State Patrol announced at a press conference that Jason Jones, 42, has been taken into custody after a SWAT team stormed his home in Elm St, Laurel, just after 2.30 a.m. Friday.
Police said the four victims were Michelle Ebling, 53, who lived in the 200 block of Elm Street, Jane Twyford, 85, his wife Janet Twyford, 86, and their 55-year-old daughter Dana, who died in the 500 building. Alam Street
Police said Ms Ebling lived directly in front of the suspect.
“I want to acknowledge the ineffable that this community is going through right now,” State Police Colonel John Boldock said at a news conference at Laurel Fire Station Friday morning. “And it will be compounded by the betrayal of trust that they will feel because a member of the community here is alleged to have committed this crime.”
Authorities were called after an explosion shook 500 Elm Street in Laurel, about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Omaha, just after 3 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters found Ms Ebling’s body inside the house.
While at the scene, law enforcement received reports of a fire at another home three blocks away on Elm Street.
There they found three deceased members of the Twiford family.
Investigators said they obtained “physical evidence” in one of the crime scenes that led them to Mr Jones, 42, who lives across the street from one of the fires.
A SWAT team from the Nebraska State Police entered their home on block 200 of Elm St.
“When he was arrested, it was discovered that he had serious burns to a large part of his body, so he was flown to a hospital in Lincoln. He is believed to be in serious condition,” Boldock said at the press conference.
Mr. Jones has been transferred to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Lincoln for treatment and is being held in hospital. He has not yet been charged.
The police believe that the fires broke out at the same time and that the shootings were behind the dead. KETV mentioned.